The terms ‘trauma’ or ‘therapy’ sometimes cause people to shy away from thinking that it relates to them. In fact, trauma is anything that has happened in your life that has caused long lasting mental, physical or emotional distress.
“Trauma Model Therapy is suitable for a wide range of mental health problems and addictions. It is especially useful for individuals with many different symptoms and diagnoses, and a history of severe psychological trauma.”
–Dr. Colin Ross, Founder & President of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma. Internationally renowned clinician, researcher, author & lecturer in the field of dissociation and trauma related disorders.
Many counselors will treat symptoms that are showing up in your life; these are the things that will usually cause someone to seek out counseling or psychotherapy. Symptoms can include feelings of sadness, anxiety or isolation, night terrors, substance abuse including alcohol or drugs, low self-esteem, narcissism, cutting, paranoia, hallucinations, irrational fears, difficulty sleeping, excessive anger, repetitive self-defeating thoughts or behaviors, thoughts of suicide, feelings of dissociation, or a myriad of other symptoms. While the symptoms push you toward treatment, the real issue is an underlying cause that must be determined. This is where trauma therapy comes in. CTS utilizes an evidence based trauma therapy model that brings to light the underlying issues contributing to the symptoms that are negatively impacting your life. This is not a quick fix but rather a true healing process that will lead to a happier, healthier life.
What about medications?
Medications are commonly prescribed for many of these symptoms. You may already be on an anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, SSRI, or other type of psychotropic medication. If you are on a medication that you are getting positive results from, we will not recommend that you stop your medication. If you would like to wean off of your medication due to side-effects, or for any other reason, we will work with you and your prescribing physician to create a titration plan. At no time should you just stop taking your medication!
A 2009 research study published by the National Institute of Health (NIH) showed that cognitive therapy was as effective as antidepressant medication when treating depression. In addition, there was a lower risk of relapse, even after discontinuing treatment, when treated with cognitive therapy. Other research has shown positive outcomes when medication and psychotherapy are used concurrently.
If you believe that a new medication may be beneficial for you while working through your trauma therapy, we can provide assessments that will be helpful when speaking with your physician about medication treatment options.